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MacBook Air – Hit or Miss?

Macboo Air - Thinnovation

I’ve been thinking about this new laptop and I dunno if it’s what the industry needs right now…

Who is Apple’s target market? Let’s start with students, this definitely not for them! Compared with the Macbook, this one has no CD drive (most widely used hard media in school), wired connection deficient (Only one USB port and no ethernet), slower processor and its $300 more! How about the prosumers, again not for them! For most of the same reasons as students.

I mean if they are trying to break into the Ultra Mobile PC market this missed by about 6 or 7 inches. Size matters in that department, not only thickness and weight, length and width too. I really thought with Apple’s knack in UI, they could have fixed many of todays UMPC shortcomings! Maybe that’s the iPhone already but what is this one for? Some rich writer who just has to have the latest and greatest?

My Verdict is: This is an air ball of a  MISS!

What do you think? Look at it here.

Nokia’s “Where’s the Phone” Research

 Chongqing

“A lot of rich qualitative user research loses its soul by the time it’s been squeezed into conference and journal submission formats and in addition, work involving concept generation tends to remain confidential. So what you see here scratches the surface, nothing more.”

And that quote is about right, but do not think that it’s not very interesting. There are a lot of  odd tidbits that are worth knowing. They traveled to 11 cities, interviewed over a thousand people and have the pictures to prove it. If you have any interest in how hand held devices, any hand held device, may change in the future, these presentations may give you a little head start.

I enjoyed the blog format of their travels coupled with the PDF files that explain what they found. I guess the questionnaires must have been an exercise in information design by themselves, how do you ask a guy from Kampala about the interface design issues he’s been having? The writer posts some interesting thoughts from the cities, like this one, ‘ “What happens when everything is transformed into ‘experience’ shopping? And the experience shops are clustered in close proximity? Is it possible to experience, well, ‘experience fatigue’?” Some of them sound like he’s a bit jet lagged, some are relevant musings from a good scholar. It’s a blog, dammit.

Link 

Laptopless Beach

Later this week I’ll be heading to the Cannes advertising festival in France, and the last thing I want to bring with me is a laptop. So this past weekend while I was in New York, I dropped-by the Nokia flagship store at 5th & 57th and walked out with a skimpy little number that I can frollick around with on the beach.

Nokia n800

Behold the Nokia n800 At first glance, I figured “this’ll do until the iPhone comes out” but after having played around with it, I’m not so interested in the iPhone anymore. Don’t get me wrong, I love Apple, but the only reason why the iPhone may dominate the market is because of its sexy marketing … the n800 is a linux-powered workhorse with upwards of 250 applications already developed for it (at the time of this post), including Gizmo Project & a WordPress client to name a couple.

The iPhone may be slick and shiny, but Nokia’s got some serious development on their side. I look forward to reporting from sunny Cannes from my new wireless device.

PSP2 Codename Cobalt

UPDATE: This article has been moved to 1over100.com

PSP Cobalt Production Specs

I dunno if this is for real but there are some specs that comes with it.

PSP (COBALT)
– All Metal & Ruggedized Rubber Build
– 200% Brighter Screen
– Dual Analog Controllers
– Visual Battery Display
– 8GB Flash Drive
– Wifi (a,b,g)
– Bluetooth V.2 (A2DP, AVRCP)
– Firmware 4.07

No word yet on Battery Life and Media Files Support!

UPDATE:
– Updated Pic from (Gizmodo)
– Axe like shape (Thick on the top and thins out on the bottom)
– 12mm (TOP) 6mm (BOTTOM)

UPDATE: April 4, 2007
– Lowered Price of current PSP Version in preparation of new PSP
– The picture on top was a concept mock for production

More new specs:
Un-official PSP Specs
Product Name: PlayStation®Portable (PSP)
Color: Black
Dimensions: Approx. 170 mm (L) x 74 mm (W) x 24 mm (D)
Weight: Approx. 260g (including battery)
CPU: PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1~677MHz)
Main Memory: 128MB
Embedded DRAM: 32MB
Display: 4.3 inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD
480 x 272 pixel (16.77 million colors)
Max. 600 cd/m2 (with brightness control)
Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers
Main Input/Output:
UMD Max (10x speed)
IEEE 802.11b,g,x* (WiFi)
Bluetooth 2.0 (A2DP, AVRCP)
USB 2.0 (Target)
Memory Stick™ PRO Duo (Up to 8GB support)

First Feature SMS movie: Kaganof’s SMS Sugar Man

BannerOK, so the site doesn’t work very well, but it’s not about that. It’s about the first official SMS movie, aka a movie done on a mobile phone, or eight in this case. I really want to see this one; it’s scheduled to be released in May. In the meantime, read more. SMS Sugar Man


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